Peterhead’s play-off push suffered a hitch as they lost 3-1 to Forfar at Station Park on Saturday.
The match was the only League 1 fixture not to be called off and has allowed the top three teams to open up a gap from the rest of the pack.
Six points now separate Morton in third spot and Brechin in fourth while both Peterhead and Dunfermline sit on 33 points, just two short of the last play-off spot.
Jim McInally says he was left with the odd feeling of being happier with this defeat than after some of this seasons wins.
“I thought we played really well, especially after we went down to ten men,” he said.
“We gave as good as we got, continued passing the ball really well and I feel we should have had a penalty while it was still 2-1. Obviously we would have still had to convert the spot kick but it would have given us a real chance of coming away from the game with something.
“Their third goal came from a counter attack off the back of a corner kick from us, which shows that we were really pressing them.”
Peterhead played for an hour without striker Rory McAllister who was sent off following a second bookable offence.
“The first yellow came after Rory was fouled. He got up and looked angry that the player who brought him down hadn’t been spoken to but he didn’t really react that badly so I was confused as to why he was carded,” said McInally.
“The second offence I didn’t see. It was for an off-the-ball incident I believe.
“I think Rory’s reputation precedes him sometimes. I’ve warned him before that he needs to grow up a bit and that if I catch him mouthing off to referee’s I will sub him.
“I’ve said that I should have taken him off here. He was very visibly angry, but he never really got too verbal with the ref.”
Despite the sending off the gaffer says it was still like having 11 men on the park.
“David Cox went up front after the sending off and it was like having two players up there. He was magnificent. He worked very hard and never stopped running and passing, as did all the boys.”
Next up for The Blue Toon is an away trip to league leaders Stranraer.
“If we play like we did on Saturday then we’ll give them a tough game and I think we’ve got a great chance,” he added.